I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from AbbVie Inc. to write about the realities of endometriosis as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own.

Choosing the Right Doctor for Endometriosis

Hi, friends!

Hope you’re having the best day so far! I’m back to chat more about Endometriosis with you all today – something that I am so passionate about. My symptoms started young, so I’ve been filtered through various doctors over the years, and I wanted to share that experience and things to look out for when searching for an Endometriosis specialist.

What Kind of Doctor Do You Need?

  • Someone that will listen to all of your concerns.
  • Someone that values you as a patient.
  • Someone who will present all of your treatment options.
  • Someone who is a specialist (you don’t have to wait for your doctor to refer you, you can ask). For me personally, I waited too long without seeing a specialist thinking my OBGYN could handle my condition. If I could go back in time, I would 
  • A good doctor will be able to give you options for not only pain management, but infertility and ideas to slow the progression of the disease, too.

Endometriosis Treatment Options:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nontraditional or holistic methods
  • Nonhormonal medication 
  • Hormonal medications 
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgical therapies

Note: Androgenic steroids are the only ones not on the list above—they can give you male features, and these side effects may be permanent; therefore, this treatment is not typically recommended.

 

Recommended links to finding an Endometriosis specialist:

http://www.aagl.org/physicianfinder/

https://pelvicpain.org/IPPS/Professional/Find_A_Provider/IPPS/Content/Professional/Find_A_Provider.aspx?hkey=d783de9c-cc3a-4655-95c6-fd9da7a3fdf8

 

Choosing the Right Doctor for Endometriosis

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Info for Dr. Carey:

Erin T. Carey, MD, MSCR, Division Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Fellowship Program Director Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

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